Elderly Tractor Driver Faces Charges for Causing N320 Million Property Damage in Lagos

Isiaka Abdullahi, a 72-year-old tractor driver, was brought before Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun at Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday, facing accusations of causing damage to the property of two businessmen worth N320 million. The incident allegedly occurred within the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Abdullahi faced four counts of wilful damage in relation to the incident. He was accused of driving his tractor into the Mile 13 Owode Elede Market in Ikorodu, resulting in the destruction of various properties and goods belonging to Garba Mohammed and Adewale Teluwo.

ASP Amedu Adoga, the prosecutor, presented the case before the court, claiming that the defendant committed the alleged offences in December 2022. The charges levied against Abdullahi included offences that contravened Sections 411, 350, 52, and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

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Part of the charge read, “That you, Isiaka Abdulahi, and others now at large, on December 1, 2022, at Mile 13 Owode Elede along Ikorodu Road, Lagos, within the magisterial district of this court did conspire to commit a felony to wit; wilful damage to the property of one Adewale Teluwo valued at N300m, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria 2015.”

“That you, Isiaka Abdulahi, and others now at large, on the same date, time, and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did wilfully destroy bananas belonging to one Garba Muhammed of Seriki Plantain Market, valued at N20m, by driving a caterpillar into the premises of Mile 13 Owode Elede Market, Ikorodu, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 350 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.”

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The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges during the court proceedings.

Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun granted Abdullahi bail in the sum of N5 million, requiring two sureties of the same amount. The case was adjourned until November 20, 2023, for mention.

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